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In this day and age, maintaining a website seems imperative for most businesses. But it’s not just a question of having one as some people might think. The following are 10 maritime websites that stand out because of their design and, more importantly, the way their content is organised and presented for the benefit of site visitors. They call to mind the words of Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, as quoted in an article in The New York Times: ”It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Criteria for selection

In choosing the websites to include in this article, I took into acccount the following:

  • Aesthetic appeal of homepage
  • General design and layout (including choice of fonts)
  • Mindful use of photos and other images
  • Content and the way it is organised
  • User-friendliness and ease of navigation
  • Website security (e.g., use of the https protocol)

In no particular order:

Australian Maritime College

National institute for maritime education, training and research at the University of Tasmania

PSA International (PSA)

Global port operator with flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp

UK Chamber of Shipping

Trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry

Maritime news portal of Singapore-based Asia Shipping Media Pte Ltd


Italian manufacturer of marine cranes based in Minerbio, city of Bologna

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Neptune Lines

Vehicle logistics provider for manufacturers and shippers of cars and high & heavy cargoes

Dream Cruises

Cruise line owned by Genting Hong Kong Limited, a holding company that operates cruise and resort businesses.

Ocean Technologies Group

Global learning and operational technology company comprised of Coex AS, Marlins, MTS, Seagull Maritime, Tero Marine and Videotel

Optical Ocean Sales

Underwater photography equipment store based in Seattle, Washington, that carries leading brands

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Museum that seeks to broaden understanding of the whaling industry and the port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, through art, history, science and culture

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